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Warm Pearl Couscous Salad

25 min

Meal

Salad

Pearl couscous is technically not couscous, but more of a pasta. The small round wheat-based balls are pre-toasted, which gives them their unique chewy texture and nutty flavour. This salad is delicious enjoyed warm as a meal, or cold as a summery-salad main dish or side dish.

Servings

Total

25 min

Prep

8 min

Cook

17 min

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Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 cup (159 g)
    dry pearl couscous
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    olive oil
  • 2 cups (328 g)
    cooked chickpeas
  • 2 cups (298 g)
    cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ tsp
    salt
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • ½
    cucumber, sliced into half-moons
  • ¼ cup (34 g)
    black olives, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp (6 g)
    fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp (3 g)
    fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp (2 g)
    fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup (34 g)
    roasted unsalted almonds, chopped (optional)

Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    red wine vinegar
  • ½
    lemon, juiced
  • ¼ tsp
    paprika powder

Directions

  1. Cook the couscous according to the package instructions, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, to a medium pan on medium-high heat, add the oil, chickpeas, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 - 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the dressing.
  4. To a large bowl, add the drained couscous, tomato and chickpea mixture, cucumber slices, olives, and fresh herbs. Add the dressing, toss to combine, spinkle over the almonds, and enjoy!

Storage

  • The salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge separate from the dressing for up to 3 days.
  • Combine the dressing and salad when ready to enjoy.

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Plate method

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Grains & Starches 30%

dry pearl couscous

Proteins 27%

cooked chickpeas

roasted unsalted almonds

Fruits & Veggies 43%

cherry tomato

cucumber

black olives

fresh mint

fresh basil

fresh parsley

lemon

Calcium
No significant sources of calcium
Fat

olive oil

black olives

roasted unsalted almonds

extra virgin olive oil

Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Margot - Nov. 3, 2022, 2:53 a.m.

I tried this last week and was worried if it would fill me up or not, but it really did! I'll definitely make this many times again!

PUL Team - Nov. 3, 2022, 6:34 p.m.

Woohoo! So glad to hear, Margot, thank you 😊


Tsjitske - Sept. 23, 2022, 12:05 p.m.

Hi, this looks lovely. I was just looking for a recipe with pearlcouscous. Great. But I also neat to stay in a calorie budget. And would love to cut about 100 calories per serving. I think the sting is in the dressing. Could you recommend a less caloriedense dressing that fits with this recipe?

PUL Team - Sept. 23, 2022, 5:02 p.m.

Hey there, Tsjitske, the dressing for this one helps balance out the recipe so we're not confident on an exact replacement. We've heard several positive reviews with using less dressing so perhaps that's one idea. You may also be interested in our Lentil & Quinoa Salad if you haven't already seen it: https://www.pickuplimes.com/r… 😊


Nynke - Sept. 22, 2022, 10:52 a.m.

This recipe made us eat pearl couscous for the very first time. We love how easy it is to whip together and I especially love the tangy taste of the dressing! We have made it two times now, the first time according to instructions above except for swapping the red wine vinegar with apple cider vinegar which I think tastes delicious. The second time I was suddenly craving it badly and we made do with the ingredients we had in the house, meaning we used bell pepper (and some of our mini home grown cherry tomatoes hehe), green olives and apple cider vinegar instead of tomatoes, black olives and red wine vinegar. It still tastes really good and I love that we were able to source up to 4 ingredients from our balcony garden :D

PUL Team - Sept. 23, 2022, 3:17 a.m.

Ooo both versions sound delicious, Nynke, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your experience with it. Your garden sounds lovely too 😍


Jin Yu - Sept. 19, 2022, 6:03 a.m.

Thanks for this recipe! My husband and I both love this. I am not vegan, but this taste so good :) I did a bit unhealthy non-vegan modification for the Warm Pearl Couscous Salad.
1) Add few shredded pieces of steamed chicken breast (marinate the chicken for 15 min in Japanese sake, salt and black pepper). 2) Put the parsley into the tomato chickpea at the end of the heating (I feel heating helps to get the parsley flavor out). 3) I substitute the couscous with brown rice. 4) one tbsp honey into the salad dressing.


Anna - July 30, 2022, 8:12 p.m.

perfect and Tasty salad.


Molly - July 26, 2022, 1:55 a.m.

I made this recipe for meal prep this week and it was wonderful! Subbed couscous for quinoa for more protein and it was delicious! Love all your recipes!

PUL Team - July 26, 2022, 7:48 a.m.

A lovely idea to substitute, Molly, thank you!


Diana - July 13, 2022, 6:23 p.m.

I love all your recipes! so grateful! Thank you!!!


~c - July 10, 2022, 2:05 p.m.

What is the nutritional value of this salad?

PUL Team - July 10, 2022, 9:09 p.m.

Hi there, C, you can find the approximate nutrition information by clicking on the green "show nutrition info" button below the recipe. Kindly note that as the disclaimer mentions, this is just an estimate and if you need specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a healthcare professional, such as a dietitian or physician. We hope this helps for now 🙂


Marisol - July 2, 2022, 2:14 a.m.

I love all your recipes!! Thank you so much for sharing 😀


Dee - June 29, 2022, 12:23 a.m.

This was fast, delicious, and easy. I particularly love the dressing. This is now added to my list of go to lunches.

PUL Team - June 29, 2022, 2:14 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Dee - enjoy!


Freya - June 12, 2022, 6:37 a.m.

This felt like a hug for my insides. So healthy, without compromising on flavour. Yet another PUL winner. Thanks Sadia!

PUL Team - June 15, 2022, 7:51 p.m.

Oh it means so much! Thanks a bunch, Freya ✨


Mae - June 3, 2022, 1:42 a.m.

Made this tonight and it will definitely be on the menu in the future!
I had a few handfuls of baby spinach left over from the night before and added it as I was folding in the chickpeas and tomatoes. Finished with fresh herbs from our garden and some roasted pepitas.
This was a great dish for a warm Florida evening!

PUL Team - June 4, 2022, 2:50 a.m.

Mmm sounds so lovely, Mae, thank you! Sending hugs to Florida 🤗


Elishia - May 27, 2022, 1:36 a.m.

Delicious, quick and cozy salad! The herbs make it fresh ans the pearl coucous brings the comfort, similar to a pasta salad. Perfect for those quick lunches and summer months.

PUL Team - May 27, 2022, 6:44 a.m.

So thrilled it's being enjoyed, Elishia, it means so much!


D - May 11, 2022, 12:26 a.m.

Super lovely and easy! Really versatile, I also stir fried some zucchini, added in chopped artichoke, some roasted red peppers, really anything in the fridge. Delicious!

PUL Team - May 11, 2022, 4:58 p.m.

Mmm that sounds lovely, D, thanks for the ideas :D


Aysh - April 26, 2022, 2:13 p.m.

Absolutely delicious!!! Loved it soo much, that my family love it too now 🥰

PUL Team - April 26, 2022, 9:35 p.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Aysh 🙂


Steph - April 26, 2022, 11:39 a.m.

Absolutely delicious! Thank you


Freya - April 22, 2022, 5:49 a.m.

Delicious! PUL recipes are always fantastic and the flavours perfectly balanced. Thank you for the endless inspiration!

PUL Team - April 22, 2022, 6:14 a.m.

Awe thank you, Freya, it means so much!


Mayra - April 17, 2022, 2:22 p.m.

I was wondering how much cherry tomatoes do I need, when it comes to grams? Is it also 328 grams like the chickpeas?

PUL Team - April 18, 2022, 1:46 a.m.

Hey Mayra, thanks for the question! 2 cups of cherry tomatoes weigh around 300 grams and 2 cups of cooked chickpeas weigh 328 grams according to the USDA nutrient database (https://www.usda.gov/). It's okay to have a little more or less in this one though if you don't have exact measurements. We hope you enjoy the salad if you give it a try 😊


Danielle - March 26, 2022, 6:01 p.m.

This recipe is AMAZING!


Lina - March 25, 2022, 2:03 p.m.

Loved the salad, it’s absolutely delicious! but it took me one hour and a half to prepare instead of 25 minutes… 😅

PUL Team - March 26, 2022, 11:19 p.m.

Hey Lina, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with it! For this recipe, the key to the 25-minute speed provided is to prep ingredients while others are cooking. This is what we were hoping to highlight in the way we structured the directions. We're so glad the salad was still enjoyed and we'll be sure to note down the insight to help us improve 😃


Lily - March 15, 2022, 9:17 a.m.

I just recently found this site and I'm so glad that I did. All the recipes so far, including this one, have been so good! I had to replace the mint for parlsey, the red wine vinegar for white distilled vinegar, and the couscous for quiona. This will be going into our weekly rotation. Thank you!

PUL Team - March 15, 2022, 6:13 p.m.

Thanks a bunch for sharing the modifications with us, Lily, we're so happy the recipe was enjoyed 😃


saaniyah - Feb. 17, 2022, 12:54 a.m.

THIS IS SO GOOD AND ADDICTIVE!!! I made it for after school snack and just so good ❤️❤️

PUL Team - Feb. 18, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Saaniyah, thank you :D


Karen - Feb. 12, 2022, 12:04 a.m.

I've been looking for a good couscous recipe for ages, and this one is delicious. Thank you!

PUL Team - Feb. 14, 2022, 2:36 a.m.

We appreciate it so much, Karen, thank you!


Andreea - Jan. 18, 2022, 1:28 p.m.

I just did this recipe and I absolutely love it! Thank you!

PUL Team - Jan. 19, 2022, 5:24 p.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Andreea 😊


Pavithra - Jan. 17, 2022, 12:01 p.m.

One amazing recipe! Made it today for lunch and turned out absolutely delicious and filling.

The best thing about all your recipes is, all the wholesome ingredients and making it under 20-30 minutes.
Thank you for sharing!!

PUL Team - Jan. 18, 2022, 12:20 a.m.

We're so thrilled it was enjoyed, Pavithra - thank you!


Angèlica Piña - Jan. 17, 2022, 6:34 a.m.

This is one of my favorite things to make ! I swapped the tomatoes for red peppers. Thank you so much, this recipe is an absolute winner.

PUL Team - Jan. 18, 2022, 12:18 a.m.

Mm a delicious substitute, Angèlica - thank you!


Joe Homewood - Jan. 12, 2022, 7:10 p.m.

Favourite go to easy dinner


Karla - Jan. 12, 2022, 9:22 a.m.

Every couscous is basically pasta. ;)
Thanks for the great recipe!

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

Hehe so happy it's being enjoyed, Karla ☺️


Jana Isa - Jan. 4, 2022, 8:49 p.m.

Easy and delicious! Thank you!


Mona - Dec. 31, 2021, 2:40 p.m.

I made this today for nye and it was amazing! Really easy to make, but still very flavourful!

PUL Team - Jan. 1, 2022, 5:11 a.m.

So glad to hear, Mona, and wishing you a very happy new year 😃


Marie-Claude - Dec. 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m.

Made this for Christmas and everyone loved it! Fresh and easy to make. Perfect with our vegan tourtiere!

PUL Team - Dec. 26, 2021, 7:59 p.m.

So honoured the salad was part of the special occasion, Marie-Claude! Thanks a bunch for sharing 🤗


Sandra from Washington state - Oct. 23, 2021, 8:31 a.m.

My husband and I made this for dinner tonight and we give it a 2 thumbs up! It was delicious, lots of flavors and the dressing was very complimentary and tied it all together. Loved all the colors in this plate. I have shared this recipe with my sister in Hawaii. I plan to make it again. Thank you for dinner! 😋

Sandra from Washington state.

PUL Team - Oct. 23, 2021, 4:58 p.m.

Hello Sandra, thank YOU for the very kind words and glowing review! Hugs to Washington state 🤗


Saaniyah Sajed - Oct. 12, 2021, 11:11 p.m.

Super easy and so delicious :)) i made a bunch for the rest of the week. Thanks!!


Zulma - Sept. 30, 2021, 5:17 a.m.

So yummy!


Remy - Sept. 26, 2021, 2:36 a.m.

Loved it! So fresh, filling, and healthy. A winner for picnics.


Lavanya - Sept. 15, 2021, 4:40 p.m.

Made this for dinner last night and my family loved it! Filling, flavorful and healthy!!


Ranim - Sept. 15, 2021, 2:16 p.m.

This is easily one of my favourite PUL salad recipes, very delicious ! Sometimes I make it without basil and parsley but still so yummy 😋

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2021, 5:09 p.m.

So happy to hear, Ranim, thanks for taking the time to share this 😃


Leyla - Sept. 11, 2021, 4:53 p.m.

Without being vegan, I love ALL your receipts
Thank you so much for sharing


The Aspiring Vegans - Aug. 20, 2021, 6:37 a.m.

Dear PUL team, you have outdone yourselves!

You have taken something that I always believed to be super hard, "being vegan", and turned it into this delicious adventure. This recipe is how I started my veganism journey. Thank you for all the amazing work that you are doing! Please bring more amazing recipes like this one. They are a true culinary inspiration :)

Yours truly,
The Aspiring Vegans

PUL Team - Aug. 23, 2021, 9:06 p.m.

Aww you are much too sweet! Thank you for the kind words and feedback, it means so much that PUL is part of your vegan journey 🥰


Taiwanese Papaya - Aug. 20, 2021, 5:45 a.m.

It's so good! An explosion of flavours! Even my boyfriend who does not usually eat salads loved it. I use whatever herbs I have on hand and any kind of roasted nut, although almonds are superb. Thank you so much for this recipe <3


Leslie - Aug. 8, 2021, 8:29 p.m.

Delicious!


Jess - July 29, 2021, 12:18 p.m.

I tried this recipe and ate it cold on the beach and loved it! The roasted almonds are optional but I highly reccomend them! The nutty flavour compliments the dish really well and it gives it a crunch! Also, the herbs and lemon give it a freshness which is perfect for Summer!

PUL Team - July 30, 2021, 12:28 a.m.

So thrilled you enjoyed this one, Jess! Thank you for sharing your experience with the recipe ☺️


Kayla - July 27, 2021, 6:35 a.m.

I didn't have couscous on hand at the time I wanted to make this so I made it with quinoa and I also only had cilantro, which I finely chopped up the whole bunch and tossed it in......it was AMAZING! Fresh, zesty and delicious, it was perfect!! I love that this dish is so versatile, you can use pretty much whatever you've got on hand if you're not in the mood to make a special trip to the store.

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 7:58 a.m.

Mmm sounds like a yummy substitute, Kayla! Thanks a bunch for sharing 🤗


Magdalena - July 26, 2021, 9:53 a.m.

This is a hit! I swear I ate it every week since it appeared on the blog.
Great for hot Spanish weather.
Thanks for sharing your recipes:*


Hannah - July 25, 2021, 10:29 a.m.

Tried this recipe the day it came onto the website. So delicious and fresh. Instead of basil or parsley we used up some coriander in the fridge and it worked perfectly. Much love.


Shweta Parkash - July 24, 2021, 9:51 p.m.

Omg this is one of my favorite recipes so quick to make and so zesty. A great way to use couscous. Thank you for doing all the hard work sadia and making it so easy for us. Thank u. Btw love the new website. Great job as usual.

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 8:18 p.m.

Aww you're too kind, Shweta! It means so much to hear. Thank you for being here 💖


Jessy - July 24, 2021, 6:24 p.m.

Soooo good! Full of flavor and works perfectly for meal prepping


Christina - July 23, 2021, 10:12 p.m.

LOVE. Made with brown rice bc I’m gluten free and a Prosecco white wine vinegar. Will definitely be making this again - so soooo good!


Kirsten - July 23, 2021, 6:29 p.m.

This salad was a hit all around! I made it and brought it as a veggie side dish to a friend’s for dinner and adults and kids alike loved it. It was so easy to make and tasted fresh and healthy. Loved the tip about lightly roasting the pearl couscous ahead of time.

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 8:48 p.m.

We're so glad the salad was enjoyed, Kirsten! Thank you for sharing 😊


MKP - July 22, 2021, 7:49 p.m.

I made this salad to go with lamb wraps and it was so good!


Huda kashif - July 18, 2021, 3:36 a.m.

So refreshing !! salads have never been more delicious :P


Cris S - July 17, 2021, 8:03 a.m.

I made this in 'salad-in-a-jar' style for work and it was brilliant! That mintiness is so great! 😁


Meg - July 15, 2021, 1:41 p.m.

We tried this recipe a couple weeks ago and have been loving it since :) Such a flavorful salad that comes together so quickly.....I tried to prepare this salad using rice instead of couscous and that tasted amazing as well!!

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 1:53 a.m.

Ooo rice is a lovely idea, Meg! So thrilled the salad was enjoyed 😃


Celina - July 12, 2021, 7:38 p.m.

This was the best salad I ever had. Today I made it for the second time already because it tastes so good. Delicious :-)

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 1:43 a.m.

Oh so lovely, Celina, thanks for sharing your review with us :)


Jillian Kayleigh - July 10, 2021, 2:37 p.m.

I have made this pearl couscous recipe last week and doubled up, so I could take it to work aswell. One word needed to describe how it tasted: delicious. I did use less dressing, since I'm not much of a dressing girl + I didn't have fresh basil at home, so I left that out. It was perfect! Hot ánd cold.

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 1:49 a.m.

Woo! Thank you for sharing, Jillian, so happy you enjoyed this one ✨


CJ - July 9, 2021, 8:17 a.m.

One of the best salad recipes I've tried!


Lil Lesl - July 8, 2021, 11:22 p.m.

This salad rules. It's so quick and easy to make on a weeknight. Other than the herbs, cucumbers, and tomatoes, it's mostly made of shelf-stable items. The "warm" aspect of it is satisfying, too. I recommend slowly integrating the dressing to your taste. (I only used half of the recommended amount.) I don't often have enough salad for leftovers (cuz it's so stinkin good), so I might try doubling the recipe. Approved by my picky omnivore partner.

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 2:59 p.m.

We appreciate this review and the recommendations so much, Lil Lesl! Be sure to use our scaling up feature (the plus button near the serving size) if you're interested 😃


Victoria - July 8, 2021, 7:26 p.m.

Lovely refreshing colorful meal! I used apple cider vinegar and lime juice, instead, since I didn't have any red wine vinegar or lemon juice. The fresh herbs makes it so aromatic.

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 6:52 p.m.

Thanks for sharing, Victoria, so glad you enjoyed it ✨


Kana - July 8, 2021, 7:16 p.m.

So simple and easy. I love this salad I made already 3,4 times. When I watched this recipe for the first time, I was skeptical because the dressing ingredients were too simple BUT this salad is very flavorful and soo yummy that I can’t stop eating it! It’s light and refreshing. Thank you for sharing:)

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 6:51 p.m.

We're so glad the salad was a success, Kana! Thanks for the review 😃


Shradha - June 30, 2021, 4:53 p.m.

Was such a wholesome and yummy salad. Loved all the textures in every bite.

I used pearl barley and add a toasted seed mix in addition to the toasted almonds. Was quite filling for lunch.

PUL Team - June 30, 2021, 5:26 p.m.

Love the addition of extra seeds, Shradha, thanks for the review!


Ellen Meuller - June 10, 2021, 4:55 p.m.

This was ABSOLUTELY delish! I kept the dressing entirely on the side for my guests as i am not so fond of vinegar, and the salad itself has such immense flavors

PUL Team - June 12, 2021, 2:54 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share this, Ellen, and so happy the salad was enjoyed 🤩


Sarah Seiner - June 9, 2021, 2:42 p.m.

Dear PUL-Team!
I really love your work and you have helped and inspired me in many, many ways!! Your new website is stunning and I really like the new features, which are so cool and helpful. I had/ have struggles with my relationship with food, especially calorie counting and I think your messages about food and also the text above the nutrition info is great. But the amount of calories per portion pops up when you google a recipe even if you don`t want to see it.
I hope you know what I mean. For me and I also think for many others it would be really helpful if it wasn`t written there - so that you only see it if you decide to read it.
Thank you for your great work, you have influenced my life in so many positive ways!
Lots of love from Austria (so also sorry if there are any mistakes:))

PUL Team - June 12, 2021, 2:15 a.m.

Oh my goodness, Sarah, you're a gem! 😍 We're very grateful to have you in our PUL family and are so appreciative of the constructive feedback. It totally makes sense and we'll be looking into it! Sending lots of love back to Austria 🥰


Bea - June 3, 2021, 10:29 p.m.

Fantastic salad! So fresh and flavorful ! Great video too!


Sophie - June 2, 2021, 6:46 p.m.

I just made this salad for my lunch and was delicious! It was also very filling (probably because I couldn't help myself and ate half of it in one sitting) I had to made a couple adjustments though :

- Did not cook the chickpeas and tomatoes because I don't really like cooked tomatoes (and because I'm too lazy)
- Used rice vinegar instead of white wine vinegar and pearl barley instead of pearl couscous because that's what I had on hand

It was a refreshing burst of flavor! :)
https://ibb.co/10MdTw8

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 7:39 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Sophie! We appreciate you sharing this so much 😃


Akshita - June 1, 2021, 6:08 a.m.

This salad is AMAZING.. easy, burst of flavors and warm comforting ❤️

Loved it!

Note: I only had mint and cilantro in herbs so I used those. I used apple cider vinegar and used roasted sunflower seeds.

PUL Team - June 4, 2021, 3:33 p.m.

We're so happy you enjoyed the salad, Akshita! Thank you for sharing 😃


Shafiya khanum - May 29, 2021, 7 a.m.

Love this recipe p